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Wouldn't it be nice....

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
... if there was some type of device that could be mounted where the cable enters the home that was cablecard compatible and would allow any set in any room to receive subscribed programs without boxes? That would be nice, what do you think?

AvDad
post #2 of 19
There was such a device touted a few years ago. I'll dig through my info to see what I can find.
post #3 of 19
You mean something like a router? That could work with IP TV.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by miniz View Post

You mean something like a router? That could work with IP TV.


How many televisions have ethernet inputs?
post #5 of 19
I see you have never heard of IPTV. Somehow that doesn't surprise me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPTV
post #6 of 19
IPTV requires an IP interface. If the TV doesn't have an Ethernet interface how would you accomplishh the distribution/reception of the media?

A media server may be able to provide that functionality... but today, at a cost that most can't afford.

Keep trying.
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by miniz View Post

I see you have never heard of IPTV. Somehow that doesn't surprise me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPTV

Did you even read the OP?

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and would allow any set in any room to receive subscribed programs without boxes?

I'll keep my reply basic so as not to confuse you. Did you read the wiki article you linked?

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IPTV uses a two-way digital broadcast signal sent through a switched telephone or cable network by way of a broadband connection and a set-top box programmed with software (much like a cable or DSS box) that can handle viewer requests to access to many available media sources.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Ratman View Post

IPTV requires an IP interface. If the TV doesn't have an Ethernet interface how would you accomplishh the distribution/reception of the media?

A media server may be able to provide that functionality... but today, at a cost that most can't afford.

Keep trying.

Who said this had to be something you could buy today? I'm talking about the future. It can be done, but no one is doing it as of yet.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by bfoster View Post

Did you even read the OP?



I'll keep my reply basic so as not to confuse you. Did you read the wiki article you linked?


Yes, very good reading skills you have there! That is how it is done today, but how will it be in the future? without boxes.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by miniz View Post

Yes, very good reading skills you have there! That is how it is done today, but how will it be in the future? without boxes.

Even your deflection skills are lacking.

Keep trying.
post #11 of 19
I'm lobbying for 802.11, Bluetooth and GPS implants so no matter where I go, I'll be able to be there, see where I've been to go back there again. Now that's the future!

I guess the big problem would be how to record that on the Win95 PC or VCR!
post #12 of 19
lets see how many more posts you can pull out of this thread. Where is that info you promised the OP?? ohhh...wait it doesn't exisit.
post #13 of 19
I'm sorry... what info did "I" or "someone" promise? Can you clarify?
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by bfoster View Post

I'll dig through my info to see what I can find.

This.
post #15 of 19
Oh okay... I'm sure if he finds the info he will post it or reply accordingly without shooting from the hip.
post #16 of 19
I'd be happy just to get all programming in HD...that, and a civil thread.
post #17 of 19
I know what your thinking about. Its like a STB that sends out a broadcast (UHF/IR), and your given 3 or 4 remotes, and your remote is like a portable phone, it doesn't have to point at anything.

But the wires would still have to come from the main STB. This technology is already seen in IPTV, with 1 main STB that powers 3 TVs, with 3 remotes, and cable going from the STB to the TVs.

And in Dual tuners. Some dual tuner STBs for satellite and digital cable have the option on letting you have 2 TVs hooked up. And they have 2 remotes. Dual tuners use 2 frequencies though IR and UHF and the main TV on the dual tuner you still have to point too.

But I agree, I would prefer an industrial piece of hardware that could allow me to not have a STB on every TV.
post #18 of 19
There already working on it. It's called the BroadLogic TeraPix.

http://www.broadlogic.com/tpix.htm

A cable system can go all-digital. Analog subs, or people who don't with to have a box will have a TeraPix outside in the little gray box where your cable enters your home. It will be powered from the Cable plant, after they modify the system and taps to pass power down to the customer premise. It will have an output that decodes all the digital's to regular analog channel numbers which are compatable with the millions of TV's and VCR's that have been in homes for years. It will also have a straight pass-through outlet for any digital outlets (perhaps for a DVR, HD, SD, On Demand) may reside. Sounds like an interesting solution. Google it for more information.
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the link, at least I know it's out there. Maybe I'll see it in my lifetime. I sounds like AT&T is going after the all digital market here in the Louisville area since AT&T has bought Cingular and Bell South. What's weird is it has been that long ago that Cingular bought AT&T wirless only to now have been bought back by AT&T. Big business huh!

Thanks again,

AVDad
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